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- Print Length: 169 pages
- Publisher: TiceWrites LLC; 1 edition (April 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K11D1QS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger: Earn $50-$100 a Post and More (Freelance Writers Den) Kindle Edition
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For instance, some of the pieces of advice she gives are:
- Find a niche.
- Write great headlines.
- Unclutter your website.
- Have a "Hire Me" tab.
- Allow people to comment and reply to them.
- Use a good photo. (Duh!)
- Write an e-book (because this impresses people more than mere articles do).
- Post regularly.
- Get testimonials.
Come on. Everyone who has been writing online for a while knows all of this stuff. The author also talks about topics like SEO and social media, but all she really says is to read websites about SEO to learn more about how to do it. There's a short chapter that could be helpful for people who don't know how to attract clients, but again, all of the information she shares can be easily found on the first page of a Google search.
If you asked me me, "What's the most helpful piece of advice you learned from this book?" I'd say it's the fact that guest blogging still works. That's it. She doesn't even go into the nitty-gritty on how to do it, though she does give good and bad examples of how to contact an editor on her website, which is free to access.
I'm sorry to say, too, that it was an unexciting read. Yes, it's written in clear, understandable English, but in a voice that's bored, boring, and doesn't seem to care. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's because the author charges $9.99 for such a low-quality book and thinks she can get away with it. (On her website, the price is $19.99.) I've read other books by other successful writers trying to help their fellow writers, and I always get this feeling of "Hey, I can completely relate!" With this book, it feels like the author didn't even try to reach out to her readers at all.
So how did this book get 30+ five stars? The author already has her own platform. She already has her own blog readers to begin with. So she gave away copies of her book to willing readers in exchange for a review. Some of the reviewers in here openly admitted that. And most people are hard-pressed not to give her a rave review because, well, she gave them a free book.
I'm not saying she's a fraud or anything. Success leaves clues, they say, and Carol Tice has freelanced her way into big businesses and publications. It's just that this book is really not worth the $9.99 price at all. Even if you say that people are paying for the convenience of not having to search on Google, the measly amount of new, helpful information is not worth it for me.
On the other hand, maybe it's the basic, simple stuff and not the over-complicated pieces of advice we get from so-called gurus that really works. Maybe this is why this book is so basic and simple--because basic and simple is what made the author a successful freelance writer. Still, I'm putting this out there for those who might be duped into thinking there's more to this book than what they already know. A $9.99 price tag can trick you into doing that.
How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger: Earn $50-$100 a Post and More walks you through exactly what you need to do to use your blog to find clients and get paid professional rates.
I received an advance copy of this book as a beta reader. Also, as a member of the Freelance Writers Den, I got to listen to these chats live. I have to say that Carol Tice, Annabel Candy, Sean Platt, and Greg Ciotti really spell out what you need to do step-by-step if you're interested in making serious money from your blog.
More importantly, the Action Plan makes it easy to get started implementing the advice shared in the book. Even experienced writers will find helpful reminders in here. I know I'll be referring to this resource as a launch my new blog.